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Mark Bittman on Cooking Up a Story

Mark Bittman, whose "How to Cook Everything: 2,000 Simple Recipes for Great Food" is the best present you can give a young wannabe cook — I still turn to my decrepit copy weekly for simple, delicious, reliable recipes — has become quite vocal in the past year or so about how important it is to chew the...

Getting corny: Video responses to the Corn Refiners’ HFCS campaign

Things have been far too serious around here lately, what with all these petitions and dire reports. Fortunately, a writer on Tufts' Comfood list-serv (yes, we poach lots of good ideas from there) has alerted us to a very fun way to waste some time and laugh, too: the anti-high fructose corn syrup ads that...

Friday musical interlude: Obama, Wilco at Farm Aid 2005

Here's something to start the weekend off pleasantly: soon-to-be-Ethicurean Debra Eschmeyer posted this Farm Aid 2005 video on Facebook, with Barack Obama first talking about family farmers then introducing the band Wilco — three things I really care about, all together in six minutes. (My iPhone's ringtone...

“Homegrown”: New documentary on Pasadena urban microfarm

Just got an email from the director of "Homegrown," what looks like a cool new documentary. It's about the Dervaes family, who run a microscopic organic farm in urban Pasadena, California. They live on one-fifth of an acre, and their garden takes up less than a tenth of an acre: just 3,900 square feet. From...

Oprah show torpedos CAFOs, gives props to Prop. 2

As just about everyone probably knows, most of Oprah's Tuesday show was devoted to reporter Lisa Ling's "How We Treat the Animals We Eat" investigation. I don't have cable, and thought I could watch the episode one way or another but could not, which I feel stupid about. Fortunately friend o'Ethicurean...

Videos posted for Slow Food Nation’s Food for Thought series

Good news for all you folks who couldn't make it to Slow Food Nation on Labor Day weekend, or who, like me, did attend but didn't manage to get tickets to all the events you wanted: Slow Food has posted full, high-quality videos of all the Food for Thought lectures on its website. They are hosted via...

Vertical farms on Colbert Report

Stephen Colbert had Dickson Despommier, a Columbia professor of public health in environmental health sciences and the mastermind behind the Vertical Farm Project, Thursday to talk about highrise farming in urban areas. I'm really interested in this idea and have been hoping to write about it at length...

Apocalypse Cowabunga! The Simpsons on factory farming

I'm close to finishing "Uncertain Peril: Genetic Engineering and the Future of Seeds," a new book by the fearsomely qualified Claire Hope Cummings. It's excellent, but it paints such an enraging and depressing picture of just how badly we're … well, screwed … that when my husband pulled out his earphones to...

Tagging and cooking: Science in the service of sustainability

The May 20 episode of Quest, the science program on San Francisco's public television station, had two segments that might be of interest to Ethicurean readers. The first was about the Tagging of Pacific Predators (TOPP) project. We know very little about the behavior of fish and marine mammals in the wild....

Shoots — eat and leave

The first people to eat takenoko, or young bamboo shoots, must have been really, really hungry. This special 150th episode of Boing Boing TV features tech entrepreneur Joi Ito wandering into his backyard in Japan to dig up the softball-size starts of the towering woody grass, then showing how to prepare...

PBS’s Independent Lens is broadcasting (and celebrating) “King Corn” this week

The breakout indie documentary "King Corn" is on TV tonight and for the rest of the week on PBS's Independent Lens series. (Find your station and the schedule here.) We reviewed it last year when it came out, but if you never got around to seeing this lighthearted indictment of America's ubiquitous yellow...

“You can almost taste the rose petals”

Food & Water Watch did a funny little April Fool stunt for YouTube, involving some high-end "Potomac Springs" bottled water, as part of their Take Back the Tap...

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